The Food Bourgeoisie
I had the best Thanksgiving ever! There was family togetherness, laughter, gratitude and tons of food. Waaayyyy too much food if you ask me. But hey, I too enjoy indulging during the holidays. I over ate, and I knew I would, which is why I ate clean leading up to Thanksgiving. I did it all mindfully. And still I ate too much. My clothes are super tight and I want to wear a moo-moo, but I don’t own one and I’m not prepared to buy one. I am aware enough to be able to deal with the seasonal weight gain. It happens all the time and somehow we all still manage to get dressed for work, keep a roof over our head and love our families. You know, all the important stuff. So don’t sweat it, just start eating mindfully again today. But do you want to know what’s really got me all twerked up? Read on…
It is the waste! We make so much food without regard to how many are coming, how much can be consumed. We want a feast! Abundance! We cannot forget that we are responsible for monitoring what we throw away and striking a mindful balance. So in preparation for Christmas, I’m going to start riding my high horse right now and invite you into a special class of people. No, it’s not the Food Police. I am a part of the Food Bourgeoisie, or bourgie (pronounced "boo-zhee") for short. I admit it. I once had a friend who loved to call me bourgie and I didn’t like it because used loosely it can be considered derogatory (although I don’t think she meant it that way), or a compliment (and I couldn’t be for sure if she meant it that way either). So I asked her to stop it. It therefore resonates with me deeply and personally to self-disclose. I am Food Bourgie.
1. Newer, trendy slang version of the French term, "bourgeois", meaning middle class people with materialistic capitalist attitudes.
2.To be pretentious in matters of taste or dismissive of other tastes, in a manner that follows a particular middle class mode of thinking. Generally derogatory.
3. Someone who is class-conscious, with educated and discerning tastes, and interested in enjoying the finer things in life. It is definitely not high-class, aristocratic, snooty, or snobbish. “Bourgie” is as much an idea, and a state of mind, as it is an attitude towards enjoying good food, good friends, and good conversation, everyday.
I am talking about definition #3 for food. A person in this class is discerning, dare I say mindful?!? Ok I may sound a little pretentious, but most important to note is that the food bourgeois loves food, yet hates waste. We don’t eat food to stuff our mouths, or compete for the most dishes eaten. While we do love variety, we enjoy the taste of each bite. We consider the combinations, freshness, where and how the food was grown, the footprint it left in the world and yes, the portion sizes. This person shares the food they have with everyone because they want others to be as delighted as they are with the cuisine. We are the new Mindful Eaters.
PLEASE just make enough food to stuff yourself and your family in celebration, have enough leftovers not to cook the next day, and then have none left to throw away. And if there is food left, PLEASE find someone who needs it, and give it to them!
Whew! It’s like that was waiting to get out of me.
I invite you to unabashedly join the class of the Food Bourgie in its highest and best context. It has a certain élan! 😊
Don’t be a snob. Care.
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UGottaEat…so eat mindfully.